Katrina Scott is going to be a mom of two!
On Friday, the Sports Illustrated 2021 Rookie of the Year, shared the happy news with a New Year’s Eve-themed video announcement on Instagram showing a home video of the family at the beach near their California home.
Scott, 38, and husband, Brian, 39, will welcome their baby daughter in May 2022. They are also parents to Isabelle, 3.
Prior to sharing the news, Scott publicly detailed her diagnosis with secondary infertility, including two miscarriages and a chemical pregnancy, before beginning her IVF journey.
“We’ve been together since we were 19 and 20,” Scott told TODAY Parents of her marriage. “You just never think you would walk into this fertility journey. Now, it’s just part of our story.”
Scott said that after getting pregnant with her first daughter she thought she was “in the clear” when it came to fertility.
“The biggest thing that I didn’t realize is secondary infertility accounts for about 50% of infertility,” she said. “I think the biggest difference between the first blissful pregnancy announcement with our first daughter is I’ve been so nervous it won’t work out.”
In April, the founder of Live Beautifully and co-founder of fitness brand Tone It Up, told TODAY it took her over a year to seek fertility treatments.
“Looking at our egg retrieval and embryos, it probably would have taken a long time for us to conceive, so I’m so incredibly grateful for our doctors and nurses and science,” Scott said.
But Scott is also thankful for a sign of hope she received during her egg retrieval.
“The wallpaper in my nursery growing up was butterflies,” she said, adding that when she sees them as an adult it means hope, possibility, and transformation. “I was wheeled into the OR and I look up and the nurse who was preparing me was wearing monarch butterflies on her scrubs. I was like ‘OK there is hope.’ We woke up, we had eggs, (and) we scheduled our transfer.”
Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Brian was able to be in the room with Scott during the transfer.
“During the transfer you can watch,” Scott said. “We saw our little embryo being transferred.”
After the procedure, Scott had to wait approximately ten days to find out if the embryo had successfully implanted.
“I was on bed rest and I didn’t even want to stand up, because I was so afraid something would happen,” she told TODAY.
Scott said she and her husband chose to find out the sex of the embryo as a way to feel more attached.
“After loss, you don’t want to attach yourself too much to the pregnancy, because you’re afraid of more hurt,” she explained. “I wanted to know as much as possible, so I could feel more connected to her.”
Even when the doctors called bearing good news, Scott was hesitant.
“After loss, it feels like relief, but we didn’t celebrate,” she said. “I cried out of relief, but I was just holding on until the next time that we could have an appointment. I haven’t bought any maternity clothing, because I’ve done that before and clearing those clothes out of the closet is mentally hard.”
Scott said her previous losses are also to blame for fewer photos.
“All of it is so traumatic that I haven’t taken as many pictures,” she said. “I have more pictures of journeys that didn’t come to term. I’m almost afraid to document it too much. I’m just holding on and trying to be really, really optimistic.”
One day prior to her announcement, Scott revealed to TODAY she had received a Doppler to listen to baby girl’s heartbeat.
“I was able to listen to her heartbeat at home for the first time. I was just crying,” she said. “I wanted to hook it up and sleep with her heartbeat. After losing heartbeats in the past, it’s the most magical sound to hear.”